DEANS’ DIARY Greetings from the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law! This special anniversary issue of LawLink heralds the start of our celebration of NUS Law’s six decades at the forefront of legal education and research. We thought it fitting that the opening message should come from all of the Singapore-based former Deans of the Faculty, as well as the current Dean. In 1957, a pioneer batch of just 22 law students (including two of the undersigned) entered what was then known as the Law Department of the University of Malaya, located on the Bukit
Timah Campus. Though small, this cohort produced some of the finest minds in the legal fraternity — an auspicious start for what was soon rechristened the Faculty of Law.
men and women who have gone on to hold the most senior ranks in legal practice, the judiciary, government, and academia — as well as in business and the arts.
In the succeeding years, NUS Law has gone from strength to strength and there is much to celebrate. From humble beginnings, the student population has grown to an intake of 250 per year, together with 120 graduate students. They are taught by 70 faculty members representing most of the major jurisdictions around the world. We recently celebrated the 10,000th member of our alumni community, which includes
In addition to outstanding graduates, NUS Law produces cutting edge research. This research informs legal policy debates within Singapore, contributing to its well-deserved reputation in the rule of law. The impact of that research also stretches around the common law world and beyond.
The academic reputation that we have earned, combined with the reputation of our graduates among employers, are the reason why NUS Law is consistently ranked as the leading law school in Asia and in the top 20 worldwide.
The academic reputation that we have earned, combined with the reputation of our graduates among employers, are the reason why NUS Law is consistently ranked as the leading law school in Asia and in the top 20 worldwide. Looking ahead, while NUS Law has a proud tradition of rigorous legal training, we aspire to continual improvement of our educational offerings. Beyond good
With our very best wishes,
Thio Su Mien ’61 Dean (1968–1971)
Tommy Koh ’61 Dean (1971–1974)
S. Jayakumar ’63 Dean (1974–1980)
Tan Sook Yee Dean (1980–1987)